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Why is My Car Windshield Cracking?

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Why is My Car Windshield Cracking?

At Frank’s Auto Glass, we provide used auto glass replacement to many customers throughout the Chicagoland area. Customers see us for a variety of different kinds of repairs, including damage caused by car accidents, stones kicked up on the road, and other kinds of impacts. Sometimes, the reason for repair is simply environmental—as is the case with stress cracks.

What is a Stress Crack?

A stress crack is a straight (or slightly curved) crack that appears in your windshield due to rapid temperature changes. In order to distinguish this type of crack from another, you can test it with a dry ballpoint pen by running it along the crack. If the pen doesn’t dip, it’s likely a stress crack. It’s uncommon for stress cracks to result in any shards of glass being lost.

How Can I Avoid a Stress Crack on My Windshield?

Because stress cracks are caused by a rapid change in temperature, taking care to avoid these situations is key.

  • If you live in an area that experiences extreme temperatures—extreme heat, cold, or a combination of the two—these defects are likely to appear over several years of thermal strain. Storing your car in a temperature-controlled garage may prevent them from appearing.
  • Never use warm or hot water to try to remove ice from your car’s windows. This fluctuation in temperature can result in stress cracks. It’s best to use a scraper and cold water to remove stubborn ice.

Used Auto Glass Replacement

Do you think you may have a stress crack on your windshield? Frank’s Auto Glass offers affordable auto glass repair and used auto glass replacement in Chicago. Please contact us to schedule repair at our south Wentworth location or mobile repair service.

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I recently brought my car in to have the broken passenger window replaced. The guys at Frank’s were very professional and the prices were good compared to other places. I’d recommend to anyone. Thanks guys!

Sandra G. - Google Reviews

Couldn't ask for a better establishment! I been driving around with a cracked windshield for longer than I should have. Finally had am off day and dropped them off my car. I was running late to pick up the car and they were very accommodating. Some places would make you wait until next day. Reasonable straightforward prices. They have gained a customer for life.

Eric B. - Google Reviews

Once again, frank’s auto glass came through. The price was exceptional the service was great, I would highly recommend anybody who needs class work, Should come here. I’ve done business with Frank and his family for many years, and I always leave satisfied. They don’t make them like this anymore. So five stars in Bravo.

Matthew W. - Google Reviews

Frank’s was great. They didn’t have my windshield in stock and had to order one, but they were ready for me the next day. The work was completed very quickly, and the staff were all friendly. The price was fair. Would go back again if necessary!

Aislinn - Google Reviews

I am extremely happy with the service I received from Frank's Auto Glass Repair. The replacement took a few hours because of the business' excellent service that it is first come first served. I have nothing but good things to say about this business. I pray I do not need another one anytime soon but I will definitely refer family and friends for premier services!

April W. - Google Reviews

Over 50 years of service to the Chicago Area